Photoshop Essentials

Adobe Photoshop Essentials Course

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Onsite

Training Modules (Overview)

  • Graphics Formats
  • Selections
  • Compositing
  • Cropping & Scaling
  • Colour Correction
  • Working with Smart Objects
  • Introduction to Masks
  • Retouching
  • Painting
  • Combining Images
  • Animated GIFs

What You Get

  • Free Course Resit
  • Adobe Authorised Certificate
  • 12 Months Access to Help Desk
  • No Risk! Money Back Guarantee
  • Choice of Mac or PC
  • Step-by-step Course Book (Printed)
  • Adobe Certified Instructors
  • Professional Training Environment
  • Small Classes (average 4 to 8)
  • High Frequency of Courses


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Course Outline

The Photoshop Interface

  • Operating Systems, Versions, Menus and Shortcuts
  • Dialogue Boxes & Panels – Some Efficiency Tips
  • The Start Workspace
  • Graphic Formats
  • Photoshop Preferences
  • The Photoshop Interface
  • The Tools Panel
  • The Options Bar
  • Photoshop Panels
  • Photoshop Workspaces
  • Viewing File Information
  • Zooming and Scrolling
  • Screen Modes
  • Arranging Images
  • Undoing, Redoing and Reverting
  • The History Panel
  • Photoshop Help
  • The Photoshop Learn Panel

Photoshop Fundamentals

  • Resolution
  • PPI versus DPI
  • Working out the Required Resolution and Size of Images
  • Changing the Size and Resolution of Images
  • Photoshop Colour Modes
  • Creating a New Image
  • Commonly used Image Formats

Selection Techniques

  • Selecting an Entire Image
  • Removing a Selection
  • The Selection Tools
  • Selection Tool Options
  • The Marquee Tools
  • Transforming Selections
  • The Lasso Tools
  • The Quick Selection Tool
  • The Magic Wand Tool
  • Inversing a Selection
  • The Colour Range Command
  • The Select and Mask Workspace
  • Feathering and Shifting Selections


  • Layers and the .psd Format
  • The Layers Panel
  • Layer Visibility
  • Renaming Layers
  • Changing the Background into a Layer
  • Selecting Layers
  • Moving Layers
  • Creating a New Layer
  • Rearranging Layers
  • Deleting Layers
  • Selecting the Pixels on a Layer
  • Layer Opacity
  • Layer Blending Modes
  • Duplicating Layers
  • Duplicating Layers between Images
  • Linking Layers
  • Merging Layers
  • Flattening Layers
  • Erasing
  • The Eraser
  • Selecting and Deleting
  • Layer Styles

Introduction to Colour Correction

  • The Adjustment Menu versus the Adjustment Panel
  • The Hue/Saturation Command
  • Applying an Adjustment Layer
  • Editing an Adjustment Layer
  • Hiding and Showing Adjustment Layers
  • Making Adjustment Layers Effect only the Layer Below
  • Deleting an Adjustment Layer
  • Brightness and Contrast


  • Type Layers
  • Point Type
  • Paragraph Type
  • Selecting Type
  • Formatting Type
  • Working with Type Layers
  • Layer Styles
  • Rasterizing Type
  • Saving Type as Vector Type

Cropping and Transforming

  • Cropping Images
  • Cropping to Extend the Area around an Image
  • Transforming
  • Aligning Layers


  • Creating a Facebook Header (Cover Photo)


  • Supplying Files for Printing Purposes
  • Supplying Files for Screen Usage
  • Common File Types for Screen Usage
  • The Save for Web Command
  • The Export as Dialogue Box

Colour and Tonal Correction

  • The Colour Wheel
  • The Colour Balance Command
  • The Info Panel
  • Identifying a Colour Cast
  • The Hue Saturation Command
  • Adjusting the Hue and Saturation of Specific Colours
  • Colourise a Greyscale Image
  • Tonal Range Correction
  • The Histogram Panel
  • The Levels Command
  • Using Levels to Remove a Colour Cast
  • Advanced Optional Extras
  • Measuring Highlights and Shadows
  • Making Automatic Colour and Tonal Corrections
  • The Shadow/Highlight Command
  • The Black and White Adjustment
  • A Suggested Colour Correction Workflow


  • Painting in Photoshop
  • Foreground and Background Colours
  • Choosing a Colour from an Image
  • The Colour and Swatches Panel
  • The Colour Picker
  • The Brush Tool
  • Opacity, Flow and Smoothing
  • The Brush Picker
  • Introduction to Blending Modes
  • Filling Selections and Layers
  • Fill Layers
  • The Eraser Tool
  • The Magic Eraser
  • The Paint Bucket Tool
  • The Gradient Tool

Layer Masks

  • Layer Masks
  • Creating a Layer Mask
  • Editing a Layer Mask
  • Creating a Mask from a Selection
  • Clipping Masks


  • Automatically Cropping and Straightening Images
  • The Canvas Size Command
  • Flipping and Rotating Entire Images
  • Flipping and Rotating Layers and Selections
  • Transforming
  • Free Transform
  • Content-Aware Scale
  • Warping Type Layers

Image Retouching

  • Retouching Images
  • The Clone Stamp
  • The Spot Healing Brush
  • The Healing Brush
  • The Patch Tool
  • Content-Aware Fill
  • Content-Aware Move Tool
  • The Red Eye Tool
  • The Sponge Tool
  • The Dodge and Burn Tools


  • Photoshop Filters
  • The Gaussian Blur Filter
  • The Unsharp Mask Filter
  • The Smart Sharpen Filter
  • Smart Blur
  • The Filter Gallery

Creating Animations

  • The Timeline
  • Creating Animated GIFs: Step-by-Step
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Completing InDesign Essentials will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


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Photoshop Course Testimonials

Thank you so much to Cheryl for a great training session!! Cheryl was clear and so easy to understand and very patient with all my questions. Highly recommend. Most beneficial.

Elizabeth Poole, Administration

This course was great, I had very little knowledge before I did this. I am actually quite surprised by how much I learnt in 2 days.

Brooke Tassits, Marketing Assistant

Better than Youtube videos. The best course ever. David is amazing.

Meera Bala, Marketing and Comm.

Cheryl was great, attentive and helpful and generous in sharing her professional tips and tricks!

Sherri Chapman, Marketing

I’ve been doing things the hard way! The last two days have shown me how to get so much more out of Photoshop. I’m really impressed by how much time I will be able to save immediately and can’t wait to get back to my projects!

Kathie Fisher, IT Manager

Fantastic topic coverage, good attitude and lovely people. Thanks for a great learning experience.

Ginni Leonard

The Photoshop Essentials course was fantastic. Cheryl was a delight - very patient and knowledgeable. The time went so quickly, she held my attention all the way through. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

Amy Waldock, Marketing/Comm.

I absolutely love CDT and the trainers. I have taken both Photoshop and InDesign and they have significantly helped me in opening my own online retail business.

Danielle Barouche, Online Retail Shop Owner

I had bashed my head against walls trying to do everything very manually and without any prior knowledge of Photoshop. I now leave with a wealth of information around automation, functions, shortcuts and more. A fantastic course packed into 2 days!!

Sophie Paterson

Training Packages

Desktop Publishing Package

With a solid knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, you will be able to design anything you need for the print and digital worlds.